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Research & Engagement


  • The Office of Social Work Research (OSWR) aligns itself with The University of Alabama’s Research Mission and the School of Social Work to pursue, discover and disseminate knowledge​.
  • We work toward this goal by providing quality  services, resources, and training to assist our faculty, staff, and  students ​in  addressing  complex social and health problems, promoting human rights and social justice, and improving the well-being of vulnerable populations, locally, nationally, and globally.
  • OSWR help our faculty, staff, and students apply innovative solutions, approaches and research methodologies to make our communities and the world a better place to live.

Under the mission of The University of Alabama and the School of Social Work, faculty, staff and students engage in developing innovative approaches to understand, prevent, and address complex social and health behavioral problems at the local, national, and global levels. Our office aims to lead the dissemination of knowledge that will benefit social work practice, policy and education through community, engaged and collaborative partnerships. 

Research & Engagement

Engaging in Research that Matters

The Office of Research is proud to align our research goals with those of The University of Alabama and help advance the university’s research mission. UA’s research efforts focus on making a hands-on difference in the lives of the people we serve. The University has 30 research centers, including the Youth Services Institute housed in the School of Social Work. UA’s world-class faculty, staff and students are leading the way as our state explores new technologies, advances scientific discovery and harnesses the power of creative thought to fuel the economy of the future. Read about our research and impact in UA News.

Research News

  • UA Social Work awarded $1.35 million Department of Justice Grant to fight human trafficking

  • SSW partners with U.S. Attorney’s Office and Cumberland Law School to help veterans


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